The police had threatened to vote for the opposition in 2008 if the government were to proceed with the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Mismanagement Commission (IPCMC).
This is probably the first time in the Malaysia history that the Royal Police had rebelled against the government of the day.
I am not very certain if the Barisan Nasional government led by Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is worried about the threat but, if he were, then I would tell him in no uncertain term that we want IPCMC and not votes from the police in exchange. The police has no right to bargain with the government in this respect.
If anyone of them feels that IPCMC would demoralise the police, he or she should immediately leave the force. The exit is always open to those who resist the IPCMC.
The unprecedented rebellion of the police against the IPCMC simply exposes the ugly face of the indisciplined Royal Police.